Academy Award for Best Actress

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Academy Award for Best Actress

Ne of the Academy Awards of merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry add

Category: Movies & TV (100)

Launched in 1950.

Countries: United States (55%), United Kingdom (17%), (9%)

Main connections: Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Awards, Oscar

Linked to: Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Hal Leonard Corporation

 

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1951

Katharine Hepburn - The movie was released at the end of 1951 to popular support and critical acclaim, and gave Hepburn her fifth Best Actress nomination at the Academy *awards


1953

Shirley Booth - In 1953, Booth received the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Come Back, Little Sheba, becoming the first actress ever to win both a Tony and an Oscar for the same role.


1956

Ingrid Bergman - With her starring role in 1956's "Anastasia", Bergman made a triumphant return to the American screen and won the Academy *award for Best Actress for a second time


1958

Joanne Woodward - In 1958, Woodward won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Three Faces of Eve. She was nominated for Best Actress in 1969 for Rachel, Rachel, in 1974 for Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, and in 1991 for Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.

 

Claudette Colbert - In 1958, she returned to Broadway in The Marriage-Go-Round, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Tony Award.


1962

Anne Sullivan Macy - Both Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke won Academy *awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for their roles as Sullivan and Keller in the 1962 film version


1963

Vivien Leigh - Though she was still beset by bouts of depression, she continued to work in the theatre and, in 1963, won a Tony *award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in "Tovarich"


1965

Ida Kaminska - In 1965, she starred in the Czechoslovak movie "The Shop on Main Street" , and she received a 1966 nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role


1968

Wait Until Dark (film) - Audrey Hepburn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1968, losing to Katharine Hepburn in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"

 

Fanny Brice - In 1968, Streisand won an Academy Award for Best Actress for reprising her role in the film version


1969

Maggie Smith - In 1969, she won the Academy *award for Best Actress for her performance as an unorthodox Scottish schoolteacher in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", a role originally created on stage by Vanessa Redgrave in 1966 in London

 

Susan Sarandon - She has worked in movies and television since 1969, and won an Academy *award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1995 film "Dead Man Walking"


1971

Ellen Burstyn - Burstyn received Academy *award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in 1971 for her role in the drama film "The Last Picture Show" and for Best Actress in 1973 for the horror film "The Exorcist"

 

Jane Fonda - Fonda won her first Academy *award for Best Actress in 1971, playing a high-class call girl, Bree Daniels, in the murder mystery "Klute"


1973

Diana Ross - In 1973, Ross was nominated for both a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for "Best Actress".


1974

Glenn Close - Close began her professional stage career in 1974 in "Love for Love", and was mostly a Broadway actress through the rest of the 1970s and early 1980s, appearing in both plays and musicals, including major productions such as "Barnum" in 1980 and "The Real Thing" in 1983, for which she won the Tony *award for Best Actress in a Play

 

Diane Ladd - She later had a supporting role in Roman Polanski's 1974 film "Chinatown", and was nominated for an Academy *award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Flo in the film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

 

Ellen Burstyn - She won the Academy *award for Best Actress in 1974 for her performance in the drama "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore", directed by Martin Scorsese


1975

Valerie Perrine - In 1975, Perrine was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress and won the Best Actress *award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as comedian Lenny Bruce's wife, stripper Honey Bruce, in Bob Fosse's "Lenny"

 

Francois Truffaut - In 1975, Truffaut gained more notoriety with The Story of Adele H. Isabelle Adjani in the title role earned a nomination for a Best Actress Oscar.


1976

Faye Dunaway - She won an Academy *award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1976 film "Network"


1977

Woody Allen - Annie Hall won four Academy Awards in 1977, including Best Picture and Best Actress in a Leading Role for Diane Keaton.

 

Marsha Mason - In 1977, Mason's performance in Simon's smash hit film, "The Goodbye Girl", won her a second Best Actress Academy *award nomination

 

Jane Fonda - She received positive reviews, BAFTA and Golden Globe *awards for Best Actress, and an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the playwright Lillian Hellman in the 1977 film "Julia"

 

Judi Dench - The production transferred to London, opening at the Donmar Warehouse in September 1977, and was adapted for television, later released on VHS and DVD. Dench won the SWET Best Actress *award in 1977


1978

Ellen Burstyn - She received Best Actress nominations in 1978 for "Same Time, Next Year", in 1980 for the drama "Resurrection", and for the drama "Requiem for a Dream" in 2000


1979

Bette Midler - In 1979, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Rose, a role for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress.


1981

Silver Linings Playbook - It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay; it became the first film since 1981 to be Oscar-nominated for the four acting categories and the first since 2004 to be nominated for the Big Five Oscars, with Lawrence winning the Academy Award for Best Actress


1983

Shirley MacLaine - She was nominated for an Academy *award five times before winning the Academy *award for Best Actress in 1983 for her role as Aurora Greenway in "Terms of Endearment"


1986

Jane Fonda - She was nominated for the Academy *award for Best Actress for her portrayal of an alcoholic murder suspect in the 1986 thriller "The Morning After"

 

Aliens (film) - Sigourney Weaver received her first Academy *award nomination for Best Actress, and although she did not win, it was considered a landmark nomination for an actress to be considered for a science fiction/horror film, a genre which was given little recognition by the Academy in 1986


1987

Emma Thompson - For these two 1987 roles she won a BAFTA for Best Actress


1988

Frances McDormand - In 1988, she was nominated for a Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Mississippi Burning; in 1996, she won the Academy award for Best Actress for her performance as police chief Marge Gunderson in Fargo; in 2000, she earned her second nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of an overbearing mother in Almost Famous.

 

Sigourney Weaver - She received two Academy *award nominations in 1988, for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Working Girl" and Best Actress for "Gorillas in the Mist", making her one of the few actors nominated for two acting *awards in the same year


1989

Jodie Foster - She won the Academy *award for Best Actress in 1989, for playing a rape victim in "The Accused"


1990

Maggie Smith - She won a Tony *award in 1990 for Best Actress in a Play for Peter Shaffer's "Lettice and Lovage", in which she starred as an eccentric tour guide in an English stately home


1991

Renny Harlin - He achieved critical acclaim the following year, 1991, when he produced "Rambling Rose", through his own recently formed Midnight Sun Pictures, for director Martha Coolidge which won him the Best Feature award at the 1992 Independent Spirit Awards and got his star and partner Laura Dern a Best Actress Oscar nomination at the 1992 Academy Awards

 

Anthony Hopkins - Perhaps Hopkins' most famous role is as the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1991, opposite Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, who won for Best Actress.

 

Jodie Foster - She starred as FBI trainee Clarice Starling in the 1991 thriller "The Silence of the Lambs", for which she won her second Academy *award and Golden Globe, and won her first BAFTA *award for Best Actress


1992

Emma Thompson - In 1992, Thompson won multiple acting *awards, including an Academy *award and a BAFTA *award for Best Actress, for her performance in the British drama "Howards End"

 

Howards End (film) - Ruth Prawer Jhabvala earned her second Academy *award for Best Adapted Screenplay, while Emma Thompson won the 1992 Academy *award for Best Actress


1994

Blue Sky (film) - Despite this, the film won critical praise and Lange garnered the 1994 Academy Award for Best Actress, along with the Golden Globe Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association award and the Sant Jordi de Cine award for Best Actress

 

The Piano - In 1994, the film won 3 Academy *awards; Best Leading Actress , Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay

 

The Piano - In March of 1994, "The Piano" won 3 Academy *awards out of 8 nominations: Best Leading Actress for Hunter, Best Supporting Actress for Paquin, and Best Original Screenplay for Campion


1996

Breaking the Waves - Emily Watson was nominated for the 1996 Academy Award for Best Actress, the 1996 British Academy of Film and Television Arts award and the National Society of Film Critics prize

 

Emily Watson - She received Academy *award nominations for Best Actress for her roles as Bes McNeil in the 1996 film "Breaking the Waves" and Jacqueline du Pré in the 1998 film "Hilary and Jackie"


1998

Anna Quindlen - "One True Thing" was made into a feature film in 1998 for which Meryl Streep received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress


 

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Halle Berry - In the 1999 HBO biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, she portrayed the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, and it was to Berry a heart-felt project that she introduced, co-produced and fought intensely for it to come through.

 

Hilary Swank - Many critics hailed her as the best female performance of 1999, and Swank's work ultimately won her the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Actress


2000

Boys Don't Cry (film) - At the 72nd Academy Awards in 2000, Swank was *awarded an Oscar for Best Actress, while Sevigny was nominated for Best Supporting Actress


2001

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Naomi Watts - Cannes Film Festival - The film premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and received a large number of *awards and nominations, including the Best Actress distinction for Watts from the National Society of Film Critics and the American Film Institute

 

Julia Roberts - In 2001 Roberts received the Academy *award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich, who helped wage a successful lawsuit against energy giant Pacific Gas & Electric


2003

Emily Watson - Also at the Donmar in 2003, she starred in "Uncle Vanya" and was nominated for the Olivier *award for Best Actress

 

Naomi Watts - Her performance opposite Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro in director Alejandro González Iñárritu's 2003 drama "21 Grams" earned Watts an Academy *award nomination as Best Actress later that year


2004

Naomi Watts - In 2004, she received nominations for the Academy *award for Best Actress as well as for the Screen Actors Guild *award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Cristina Peck in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 2003 drama "21 Grams", alongside Sean Penn

 

Imelda Staunton - She drew critical acclaim for the title role in the 2004 film "Vera Drake", for which she won the BAFTA *award for $Best_Actress (BAFTA_Award_for_Best_Actress_in_a_Leading_Role) and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival

 

Samantha Morton - She got a nomination for the Academy *award for Best Actress for "In America" in 2004

 

Hilary Swank - Swank again won the Best Actress Oscar, and another Golden Globe, for playing a female boxer in Clint Eastwood's 2004 film "Million Dollar Baby", a role for which she underwent extensive training in the ring and weight room gaining 19 pounds of muscle aided by professional trainer Grant L Roberts

 

Charlize Theron - For this role, Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 76th Academy Awards in February 2004, as well as the SAG Award and the Golden Globe Award.


2005

Frances McDormand - Dormand received her third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 2005's North Country, although she lost to Rachel Weisz.


2006

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Samantha Morton - She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Movie for her role as Myra Hindley in 2006's "Longford"

 

Geena Davis - This role garnered her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2006, and she was nominated for an Emmy Award and a SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series.

 

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2007

Away from Her - Julie Christie won the 2007 Critics' Choice *award for Best Actress, as well as the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama *award at the 65th Golden Globe *awards

 

The Devil Wears Prada (film) - On January 4, 2007, her fellow members of the Screen Actors Guild nominated Streep for Best Actress as well

 

The Devil Wears Prada (film) - On January 23, 2007 Streep received her 14th Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, lengthening her record from 13 for most nominations by any actor male or female


2008

Melissa Leo - Following several films, Leo received critical acclaim and national attention in the 2008 film, "Frozen River" earning several nominations and *awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress

 

Kristin Scott Thomas - In 2008, Scott Thomas received many accolades for her performance in "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime" , including BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress

 

Jean-Paul Gaultier - In 2008, he designed the white and silver mermaid dress that Marion Cotillard wore at the 80th Academy *awards, when she won the Oscar for her performance in "La Vie en Rose"

 

Jean-Paul Gaultier - In 2008, he designed the white and silver mermaid dress that Marion Cotillard wore at the 80th Academy *awards, when she won the Oscar for her performance in "La Vie en Rose"

 

Anne Hathaway (actress) - In 2008, she won several *awards for her performance in "Rachel Getting Married" and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress

 

Anne Hathaway - In 2008, she won several *awards for her performance in "Rachel Getting Married" and received an Academy *award nomination for Best Actress

 

Melissa Leo - In 2008, she won the Maverick Actor *award and the Best Actress *award at the Method Fest for "Lullaby"

 

Juno (film) - The film received four 2008 Academy Awards nominations: Best Original Screenplay, which Diablo Cody won, Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress for Ellen Page

 

Kate Winslet - Winslet won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Reader.

 

Julie Christie - On 22 January 2008, Christie received her fourth Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the 80th Academy *awards

 

Marion Cotillard - On 22 February 2008, she was *awarded the César *award for Best Actress for her role in "La Vie en Rose"

 

Marion Cotillard - As "La Vie En Rose" was a Czech production, as she mentioned in her César acceptance speech, on 1 March 2008, Cotillard won a Czech Lion *award for Best Actress


2009

Carey Mulligan - In 2009, she gained widespread recognition for playing the lead role of Jenny in "An Education", winning a BAFTA *award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and being nominated for a Golden Globe *award and an Academy *award for her performance


2010

Winter's Bone - It received two *awards at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival in Germany and at the 2010 Stockholm International Film Festival, it won the *awards for Best Film, Best Actress and the Fipresci Prize

 

Marchesa (brand) - Sandra Bullock wore Marchesa at the 2010 Academy Awards, where she won Best Actress and was named among the best dressed by readers of the Huffington Post

 

Jessica Chastain - Seattle International Film Festival - It was later released in the United States on October 29, 2010 and Chastain won the Seattle International Film Festival *award for Best Actress


2011

My Week with Marilyn - For her performances in "My Week with Marilyn", "Meek's Cutoff" and "Take This Waltz", Williams was given the Best Actress *award at the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival

 

Natalie Portman - In 2011, she won both the Golden Globe *award and the Academy *award for Best Actress

 

Winter's Bone - It received four 2011 Academy *award nominations: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor

 

Emily Watson - On television, she starred in the &ITV (ITV_(TV_network)) drama "Appropriate Adult" in 2011, for which she won the BAFTA TV *award for Best Actress

 

Darren Aronofsky - On January 25, 2011, the film was nominated for a total of five Academy *awards; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing and in March, Portman won as Best Actress


2012

Reds (film) - Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Maureen Stapleton were nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, the last time a film was nominated in all four acting categories until "Silver Linings Playbook" in 2012

 

Rooney Mara - On January 24, 2012, Mara received her first Academy *award nomination in the category of Best Actress for this role

 

The Help (film) - In February 2012, the film received four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress for Davis, Best Supporting Actress for Chastain, and a win for Best Supporting Actress for Spencer

 

Meryl Streep - She received her second Best Actress *award for "The Iron Lady" at the 65th ceremony in February 2012, following her first win in 1981 for her performance in "Sophie's Choice"


2014

Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars - In May 2014, she was *awarded the Best Actress *award at the Cannes Film Festival for portraying Havana Segrand, an aging actress receiving psychotherapy in David Cronenberg's black comedy "Maps to the Stars"


2015

As of the 2015 ceremony, Julianne Moore is the most recent winner in this category for her role in "Still Alice" add something

 

Dardenne brothers - In 2015, their film "Deux jours, une nuit" received nine Magritte Award nominations and one Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for Marion Cotillard

 

Still Alice - She dedicated her Academy Award win to Glatzer, who died from ALS in March 2015

 

Still Alice - She dedicated her Academy Award win to Glatzer, who died from ALS several weeks later on March 10, 2015


2016

As of the 2016 ceremony, Brie Larson is the most recent winner in this category for her role as Joy "Ma" Newsome in "Room" add something


2017

As of the 2017 ceremony, Emma Stone is the most recent winner in this category for her role as Mia Dolan in "La La Land" add something

 

Halle Berry - As of 2017, she is the only black woman to have won a Best Actress Academy Award

 

Pablo Larrain - In 2017, Larraín and his brother Juan de Dios were the producers of Sebastián Lelio's "A Fantastic Woman", which won the first chilean Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

 

Ruth Negga - In January 2017, Negga was nominated for Best Actress at the 89th Academy Awards


2018

As of the 2018 ceremony, Frances McDormand is the most recent winner in this category for her role as Mildred Hayes in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" add something


2019

As of the 2019 ceremony, Olivia Colman is the most recent winner in this category for her role as Anne, Queen of Great Britain in "The Favourite" add something